Houseboat Plans -Tips for Drafting Your Dream Houseboat

Designing houseboat plans may seem like a daunting task, but knowing a bit about houseboats and design can make this job much easier.

Start off by contemplating houseboat financing and which kind of boat you'd like to have built. Consider the time you plan on spending on the houseboat and where it will be taken.

Here are some examples of different houseboats:

  • Barge: a very common style of houseboat due to its large storage space and ability to comfortably house between five and eight people.
     
  • Floating home: designed for those who don't plan on traveling on the boat. These boats are typically simple and inexpensive, perfect for someone on a low budget.
  • Full hull: a popular style in the United States, this boat is known for its impressive size and stability.
     
  • Luxury: high-end boats, similar to yachts, with more extravagant features than the typical houseboat. Features include air conditioning, granite counters, dishwashers, gas grills and more.
     
  • Trailerable: a houseboat that can be towed by a small truck. Usually much smaller in size than the other models, this boat is perfect for people just looking to go on the boat for a short period of time.

Make a list of items and amenities that you want to include in your boat.  Study some blueprints of other houseboats and try to tour some in person as well. This will help you to get a better idea of functional layouts and how to conserve space well for a smaller boat.  

If you're using the boat to travel on, you should consider the different options for building materials, engines, fuel and more.

Next, you'll need to find a company to build the boat. Once you find one, you'll need to schedule a meeting to go over your plans and discuss deadlines and budget. When the boat is complete, you'll be asked back in to take a tour of it.

Though this process may sound stressful, there are free houseboat plans already made online to help you get started. These plans allow the user to customize their boat based on their budget and desires. Once you have your plan set, your houseboat can become your new home in no time!

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